Governor Nathan Deal, along with the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), has announced the 159 Georgia public schools in 42 districts that will receive Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards. Armuchee High School (AHS) has earned a Platinum Award in the Greatest Gains Category for exhibiting high growth in student achievement, meaning their academic growth over the last three years has been in the top 1% of schools in the state.

“I am always proud of my teachers and students, for their hard work, focus, and dedication, but today I am especially happy for them,” said AHS Principal John Rhodarmer. “To be recognized as a platinum school in consecutive years is quite an accomplishment. It is a testament to our staff, students, feeder schools, parents, community, and school system. We value growth in learning and character, and I believe this designation recognizes and highlights that emphasis.”

The school awards, developed by GOSA and approved by the State Board of Education (SBOE), are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System (SSAS). Each award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. To account for changes made to the 2018 CCRPI, GOSA revised the criteria for the 2018 SSAS awards. The SBOE approved those revisions in September. For more details on how awards are calculated, visit the SSAS Awards page.

The Greatest Gains award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Schools must meet the following criteria to be determined Platinum winners:

a) Place in the 99th percentile or higher statewide in the average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Score over the last three years;

b) Remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range over the last three years; and

c) Be excluded from GOSA’s 2018 Turnaround Eligible Schools List and Georgia Department of Education’s Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)/Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) lists.

“I applaud the collaborative effort of Mr. Rhodarmer and the AHS teachers and parents who worked together with their students to achieve this level of success for two years in a row,” said Floyd County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeff Wilson. “The fact that AHS has earned the highest award for student growth two years in a row shows four years of great progress. That’s something to really be proud of!”

AHS is one of 112 Greatest Gains schools in the state and one of only 25 schools to receive the 2018 Platinum award for Greatest Gains. Winning schools will receive a banner and certificate to display in the school. A full list of award recipients is available here.